Sunday, 29 November -0001 19:00

Another Preaching Station

Written by Rev. J. Schoeman
As you may recall, a few months ago I reported that the Bethel Free Reformed Church of Monarch, Alberta established its first preaching station in Calgary, Alberta. Now, several months later, under the blessing of the Lord, we have established a second preaching station--this one in Lacombe, Alberta. How did all this come about?

In my last report I mentioned that when we started holding services in Calgary in early January, several of the families in attendance were from Lacombe. For several weeks these families made the trip from Lacombe to Calgary (about a two-hour drive). It soon became apparent, however, that in light of the distance, this could not continue long-term. And so a decision was made to begin holding one service in Lacombe.

We secured the use of the gym of a local Christian school, ran several ads in various local newspapers and held our first service on March 10. Much to our surprise, there were close to 30 people in attendance. This was well above the number of people who regularly attended the services in Calgary and so we were very pleased.

The services were so well attended that five weeks later we decided to hold a meeting to determine whether there was interest in holding as second service. This meeting was held after the worship service on April 21. There were over 40 people in attendance at the worship service (including children) and 23 remained behind for the meeting. All 23 people indicated their desire to hold a second service (including a couple who had attended for the first time).

The people who are coming to these services are mainly from a Reformed background. Several families are former members of the Protestant Reformed Church; one family (Bernie and Diane Meinen) were formerly members of the Free Reformed Church in Chilliwack, B.C. One young couple were members of the Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Chilliwack and one or two others have no denominational affiliation. One thing they all have in common, however, is a desire to listen to Christ-centered, experiential preaching. There is a real hunger for the Word of God among these people and we count ourselves privileged to be able to bring it to them.

At this point we have no idea how we will manage to supply both preaching stations with regular preaching. But we firmly believe that the Lord has opened up another door for us to preach the gospel. All that remains for us is to go through that door and trust in the Lord for the outcome.

I am reminded here of what I wrote at the end of my last report on Calgary: we need more ministers. And so once again I want to end this report by issuing another call to all of the young men in our denomination: if the Lord has given you the necessary gifts and if He has implanted in you a desire to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, please consider devoting your life to the ministry. The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. May God give us many more labourers so that His truth may be proclaimed here at home and throughout the world.

PS: If anyone has family or friends in the Lacombe area, our services are held every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Lacombe Christian School. Starting June 2, we will hold a second service at 1:30 p.m. For more information contact Bernie or Diane Meinen at 403-782-9986 or Gerhard and Margaret Roolker at 403-403-782-6327. (See also notice under Home Mission Stations.)

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